Chronicling the Golden Age of Astronomy: A History of Visual Observing from Harriot to Moore
by Neil English
(665 pages, $219.99, hardcover)
reviewed by Guillermo Gonzalez
When I was asked to review Neil English's new book on the history of visual telescopic observations, I jumped at the opportunity. Before I became a professional astronomer, I spent many nights (and some days) observing the heavens with my 8-inch f/7 Newtonian reflector in my homemade, backyard, roll-off-roof observatory in the suburbs of Miami, Florida. When I look through the eyepiece of a telescope to observe a planet, the moon, or a deep-space object, I feel I am making an intimate connection . . .
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